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Gwendolyn Jones

November 6, 1936 — December 31, 2020

Gwendolyn Minor Jones, 84 years young, of Alton, NH passed away at home December 31, 2020 after a brief illness. She was born in Springfield, MA, November 6, 1936, the daughter of George Arlon and Shirley (Roberts) Minor. She lived in Springfield, MA area until 7 years old moving to Laconia, NH in 1943. In 1948 her parents purchased the Mt. Major Country Store in Alton Bay. A graduate of Alton Central High, Penny (as she was known by family and friends) completed one year at UNH before marrying the love of her life. Russell E. Jones who predeceased her on November 4, 2020. They were married for 65 years, working side by side raising 5 children. She began working for the Town of Alton in 1974 moving on to being elected to the position of Town Clerk and holding that office for 24 years retiring in 1999. She enjoyed working with the citizens of Alton, being a pivotal part of elections, keeping town records accurate and organized – delighting in the research of it all. She proudly and generously served on many town and State committees dedicating a multitude of volunteer hours. She was a member of the Town Clerks Association. Retiring as an Honorary member of NH City and Town Clerks Association with over twenty years of service. She was fond of the Alton Historical Society her interest beginning at an early age when she wrote an essay for a high school project. A member of the Bahai’ Faith, she served as an officer of Local Spiritual Assemblies in Alton, NH and Citrus County, FL. She was a proud Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother of a family she deeply loved. Respected by all, Penny is known for her positive energy, kindness, warm smiles and her delicious chocolate chip cookies. She was an avid reader, loved to travel and proudly rode her 1960’s Honda Dream motorcycle. She will be greatly missed by all. Gwendolyn is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Gail and Louis Babin of Littleton, NH, sister-in-law, Judith Minor, Gilford, NH, daughter’s and son in law’s Liz & Russell Lampman of Union, Cathy and Daniel Cornelissen of Meredith, Julie and Jacky Schwartz of Hatley, MS, Nancy & Joey Denauw of Ocala, FL, grandchildren Bert & Patricia Souliere of Alton, Molly Souliere of Cary, NC, Alex Cornelissen of Meredith, Jason and Carrie Cornelissen of Meredith, Sarah & Cliff Weems of Highlands Ranch, CO, Emily & Dave Hodges of Okolona, MS, Ashley & Justin Burt of Starkville, MS, Amanda and Chris Siff of Brooksville, FL and great grandchildren Autumn, Samie, Robin, Danielle, Ciara, Liam and Caiden, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Russell Jones Jr., and brother Donald Minor. Services will be held graveside at New Riverside Cemetery in Alton, NH, date to be determined in the spring. Arrangements will be posted by Baker-Gagne Funeral Home of Wolfeboro. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared online at www.baker-gagnefuneralhomes.com
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